What Research Says About Sticking to New Year's Resolutions
If nothing else, there's comfort in knowing most people will fall short of their goals.
New Research Suggests That Government Spending Can Spread Happiness
Want a content citizenry? Try allocating tax dollars to roads, parks, and libraries.
Sexual Harassment and Assault Are Understudied Health Risks
They're linked to high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression.
Some of the Best Data on Human Behavior Is Privately Held by Social Media Companies
How can universities convince them to share that information?
In the Latest Effort to Replicate Scientific Studies, Only 62 Percent Hold Up Under Scrutiny
Nevertheless, scientists see some progress on the problem of reproducibility.
Facebook Is Planning on Turning Its Data Over to Social Scientists. Should Users Trust the Project?
We spoke with social-science ethicists about how well Facebook's initiative appears to protect users' privacy. They're skeptical, but still eager to see Facebook data studied.
Why a Census Undercount Spells Trouble for Social Scientists
Social science groups say a citizenship question could lead to population data flaws that compromise research for a decade.
Why Did the National Science Foundation Propose Slashing Its Own Social Science Budget?
Social science advocates and Democratic lawmakers suggest the White House was behind the NSF's proposed budget slashes.
The Humanities Are Dead. Long Live the Humanities.
It's true that much of the scholarship that professors in the humanities produce is micro-focused and barely relevant to larger social concerns. But those academics would also be best served by ignoring that critique.
Six 'Pacific Standard' Stories to Read for Mental Illness Awareness Week
A round-up of some of our best stories highlighting the need for reform in mental-heath policy.
Why We've Been Thinking About Madness All Wrong: A Conversation With David Dobbs
The acclaimed writer talks with Pacific Standard about the new scientific consensus around psychosis treatments—and the scholar-advocate he profiled for his new story in our October issue.